Can You Remember?

first_imgHow many of you remember going to practice in high school with your clothes and shoes in a white cloth bag or pillow case? If you were “rich”, you might have had a crude gym bag. Most kids’ practice gear included a plain white T-shirt. We did not get those fancy practice outfits you have today. Shirts and skins was the “go” word in boys’ practice, not blue or white. I carried my baseball bat to practice with my glove hanging by its strap to the bat and the shoes hanging on top of the glove. I now see T-ball kids with fancy bat cases and gym bags that would have carried all my sporting gear for a year inside of it. Today it is backpacks and expensive grips that house the equipment. Can you imagine Michael Jordan or LeBron James walking into the gym with their white bag hanging over their shoulder? When I ran track, I had one pair of black shoes which I used for running and high jumping. Now kids have a pair of shoes for every occasion including practice and for meets and for every event. At a track meet today, I will guarantee that you will see every color of the rainbow in shows and at least 20 different styles. I am not saying there is anything wrong with this. We know that the average households monetary value has risen year after year and most can afford this. I would be lying if I said we were just as good as or better than these modern athletes, because I see what they can do every day and I enjoy it. It is nice to look back, however, and remember what used to be.last_img read more

Klopp frustrated as Burnley end Liverpool’s home run

first_img “The ref let all these challenges today happen. When the ball comes in the box, Burnley are always dangerous. “They stayed completely in the game, they just did what they wanted to do. It is frustrating because we should have scored much earlier.” Liverpool can still break Manchester City’s record points haul of 100 two seasons ago, but will now need to win all three of their remaining matches against Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle. Klopp has insisted he is not looking to rewrite the record books, but there was no sign of the German easing up with a first title in 30 years long since won. Robertson and Sadio Mane were recalled from the side that won 3-1 at Brighton on Wednesday with only injured captain Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold missing from Klopp’s strongest XI. Loading… But the Reds were made to pay for a host of missed chances when Jay Rodriguez’s fine finish earned a point to further Burnley’s late push for a place in Europe next season. “We left the door open, we didn’t close it. We should have scored two, three, four goals at least,” said Klopp, who was also irked by referee David Coote’s lenient attitude to Burnley’s physical approach. Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope (left) kept Liverpool at baySalah’s double in midweek kept him in the running for a third Golden Boot in as many seasons at Liverpool and only Nick Pope in the Burnley goal prevented the Egyptian closing in on Jamie Vardy at the top of the scoring charts.Pope turned a fiercely struck Salah volley over before spreading himself well to deny Liverpool’s top scorer in another one-on-one.The opening goal came from a much more unlikely source as Fabinho picked out Robertson’s run and the Scotland captain looped a header into the far corner for his first goal since November.Pope and Liverpool’s Alisson Becker are battling for the Golden Glove and the England international showed why he is in the lead with 14 clean sheets as he kept his side in the game once more before half-time to turn Mane’s powerful shot over the bar.Andy Robertson (left)opened the scoring for Liverpool against BurnleyChances continued to come and go for the hosts after the break. Remarkably, despite Liverpool’s home form, their number nine is still yet to score at Anfield in the league this season as Roberto Firmino hit the post to extend his wait for a home goal.Liverpool’s profligacy was punished 21 minutes from time when Rodriguez’s brilliant finish from James Tarkowski’s knock-down beat Alisson from the edge of the area.Burnley then had the best chance to win the game in the final stages as Alisson flapped at another set-piece and the ball fell for substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who hit the crossbar.“That would be pushing it a bit,” admitted Burnley boss Sean Dyche had his side snatched victory.“Forget there is no one here. It’s still very difficult to come here against sides like that.center_img Read Also: Video: The moment Mourinho walks out of virtual press conference“They don’t give you a breather. We felt if we could stay in it as the game wore on we might find moments and we did.”A prized point moves Dyche’s men up to ninth, with eighth possibly good enough for a place in the Europa League should Manchester City’s two-season ban from European competitions be upheld.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp was frustrated by Liverpool’s lack of killer instinct as Burnley became the first visiting side to avoid defeat at Anfield in the Premier League for 18 months in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Andy Robertson’s first-half header had the champions on course to maintain their perfect home record this season and close in on a record points tally for the English top flight.last_img read more

Russia rejects Sochi doping claims

first_imgA former laboratory chief, Grigory Rodchenkov, has made extensive claims, including that urine samples were switched to ensure athletes tested clean.The World Anti Doping Agency says it will consider re-testing if necessary.last_img